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Kid-Friendly Charoset

March 17, 2021
Kid-Friendly Charoset

There’s no better time to cook with young children than for holidays. Whether you’re recreating a traditional family meal or starting your own new tradition, it’s the perfect opportunity to invite kids into the kitchen. And with friends and family at the table, kids are sure to deepen their connections and receive lots of encouragement.

Getting young children to eat can be a challenge and holidays are no exception, but when you involve them in the process—whether it’s choosing the menu, making a grocery list, shopping, or cooking—they become engaged. And an engaged child is a better, more curious, healthier eater.

Featured in: Passover Recipes to Cook With Kids

Great for: Passover


  • 2large tart apples, diced or shredded
  • 1cup toasted walnuts, almonds, pistachios, or pecans
  • ½cup dried fruit, such as raisins, dates, apricots, or figs
  • 1tbsp lemon juice, cider vinegar, brandy, or sweet wine
  • ½tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 1tbsp honey (optional, depending on which dried fruit you use)
  • 1pinch kosher salt
Yield: About 3 Cups


  • NOTE: This is a particularly good recipe to make with kids because there is no “right” way to do it. Although almost every tradition includes apples and nuts, each uses slightly different ingredients. Consider putting out a variety of ingredients in small bowls and letting each child make his or her own version.

  • NOTE: Dried fruit can include raisins, dates, figs, and dried apricots; sweetener may not be necessary but could be honey, maple syrup, or sugar. Liquid can include lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, brandy, or sweet wine. Italian Jews often add chestnuts, while Spanish Jews add coconut.

  • Step 1

    Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. If you would like a more spreadable consistency, put the mixture in a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse until it reaches the texture you like.